Minh Trinh is a Research Affiliate at MIT GOV/LAB and a Raphael Morrison Dorman Memorial Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. Minh received his Ph.D. in Political Science from MIT in May 2022. Starting in Fall 2023, Minh will join the Department of Political Science at Purdue University as an Assistant Professor. Minh has been involved with GOV/LAB projects since 2015. His first project at the GOV/LAB involved investigating the factors affecting Ugandan youths’ political participation and vote choice. He has also contributed to another project studying the impact of COVID-19 policies in Sierra Leone.
His current research focuses on the inner workings of durable authoritarian regimes. One strand of this research examines the impact of internal misinformation through falsified government statistics, while another investigates the sources of citizens’ voluntary compliance in these regimes. This research has received support from the MIT GOV/LAB, as well as from the MIT Political Methodology Lab, the MIT Center for International Studies, the Southeast Asia Research Group (SEAREG), and the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.
News August 2021
[MIT News] How Authoritarian Leaders Maintain Support
Study finds public anticorruption campaigns bolster leaders, even when such measures lack tangible results.
News May 2021
[MIT News] Searching for Truth in Data from Authoritarian Regimes
PhD student Minh Trinh studies misreporting of government statistics and the effect on accountability in his home country of Vietnam.
News September 2019
Making Sense of Millions: Getting at Government Capacity through Government Data
Minh Trinh, MIT PhD candidate and GOV/LAB Seed Grant recipient, reports back from data collection in Vietnam.
Projects November 2016
Voting for Change: Civic Engagement and Elections in Uganda
What do Ugandans most care about when selecting candidates for local office? How do citizen judge and act upon the legitimacy of elections and the quality of public goods provision?